By combining a wireless connected EEG headset from Emotiv and an assistive communication app, California-based Smartstones is bringing the power of speech to those who have difficulty communicating verbally. The “think to speak” technology works by reading the brainwaves of the user and expressing them as phrases spoken through the app.
Layer Design’s new product takes 3D printing’s unique ability to quickly provide tailored products and uses it to build a custom wheelchair with an attractive design. The design of the product, known as the GO wheelchair, is the result of research conducted with dozens of wheelchair users, as well as medical professionals, over a six-month period of information gathering.
The GlassOuse is a bluetooth mouse that’s worn like glasses. Based on your head movements, it moves the cursor onscreen. You bite on a blue extension to click, and it can go a week without charging.
Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi of the University of Washington are the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Eat it!” Undergraduate Winners for their invention SignAloud, gloves that translate sign language into text and speech.
While working out in 2014, Mark Wood nearly smashed his knee when it was hit with a kettlebell. It was then that the idea was conceived of a new type of weighted equipment that would change how you grip when working out, making it safe and versatile.
A New Zealand designer is revamping the traditional wheelchair design with a new model that frees the arms of the user. Instead of using the hands to create movement, the user moves their upper body to direct the two wheels.
Simple solutions are often best, even when dealing with something as complicated as Parkinson’s. In this inspiring talk, Mileha Soneji shares accessible designs that make the everyday tasks of those living with Parkinson’s a bit easier.
Neuroscientists at Duke Health have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows primates to use only their thoughts to navigate a robotic wheelchair. The BMI uses signals from hundreds of neurons recorded simultaneously in two regions of the monkeys’ brains that are involved in movement and sensation.
A Palmerston North family are hoping to pay it forward after realising the impact an assistance dog has had on their lives. Last year, after three years on a waiting list the family was given a black labrador assistance dog. They’re now trying to raise $20,000 to pay it forward to help another family with a disability.
While remembering the cultural importance of sign language, it’s exciting to see the potential impact of technology to create access and participation. A young man from Lone Tree, Colorado, deaf since the age of 4, can now hear better than normal hearing people. That’s because he recently got the very latest technology in cochlear implants.